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Formed: 1994
From: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Zimmer's Hole News

Below is our complete Zimmer's Hole news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

City Of Fire Reveals Self-Titled Debut Details

Hard Rock experimentalists City of Fire pay homage to the vibrant city in which the band was formed, Vancouver, BC, with their self-titled debut release. City of Fire’s debut album was released on the band’s website, cityoffire.com, on Saturday August 15th, with a full-scale release to be announced shortly.

Although they are relatively young as a band, City of Fire has plenty of musical experience; Burton C. Bell (Fear Factory) on vocals, and Byron Stroud (Zimmer’s Hole, Fear Factory, Strapping Young Lad) on bass, with Ian White, vocals/guitar, Terry "Sho" Murray (Shocore), guitar, and Bob Wagner (Shocore, Econoline Crush), drums, rounding out the lineup. The band’s self-titled debut was recorded over a two-month period in the band’s hometown of Vancouver, at the Factory Studios and Profile Sound.

“I have always loved Vancouver,” explains vocalist, Burton C. Bell. “During this session, my eyes were intensely aware that Vancouver is vibrant with life, like a raging fire. This is where the name of the band came from. I was inspired like never before, and I believe it shows accordingly on this City of Fire debut.”

City of Fire finds its roots in everything from metal, to hard rock, to punk, but most of all, the mountain lined countryside, and everyday life, in one of the West Coast’s most beautiful cities, Vancouver.

The 11-song debut was produced by Terry “Sho” Murray and City of Fire, and features a special vocal appearance by Chris “Lord Heathen” Valago of Zimmer’s Hole.

The cover art to the debut album can be viewed here.

The track list for "City of Fire" is as follows: More...

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Zimmer's Hole Plays The Underground in Calgary, AB

Zimmer’s Hole descended into The Underground in Calgary, AB. on Sept. 29 for a high-octane onslaught of comedic thrash. Those who arrived early enough were in for a treat when local act Kilyakai got things started around 9:30. More...

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Sigh Comments On Fall U.S. Tour Plans

SIGH, who will embark on their first-ever North American headlining tour this September, has posted an update on their tour dates and what fans can expect from their live performance.

Frontman MIRAI KAWASHIMA says, "We've played several times in the U.S. before, but this is our first full U.S. tour and we're really looking forward to it! This is going to be a great opportunity for our fans to see a full SIGH set. As you know, we're are going out on the road with two great bands: ZIMMERS HOLE and UNEXPECT. I'm a fan of both bands and excited to share the stage with them. Be sure to check out all the tour dates online as there have been a few changes and additions. We hope to see all the SIGH fans out on tour as this has been a long time coming. We're going to play the songs off Hangman's Hymn and there will be lots of older songs in our set list -- and of course some Venom covers! Come see us or you will regret it forever!"

In other news, SIGH's upcoming six-song tribute to legendary black metal band VENOM, titled "Sigh's Tribute to Venom," will feature the bass work of Dan Lilker (BRUTAL TRUTH, NUCLEAR ASSAULT) and Shane Embury (NAPALM DEATH, VENOMOUS CONCEPT)

Here is the "Sigh's Tribute to Venom" tracklisting:

Black Metal
Schizo
Die Hard
Countess Bathory
Teacher's Pet
Witching Hour

The new album is scheduled for release this fall on THE END RECORDS to coincide with SIGH's headlining tour of North America with ZIMMERS HOLE and UNEXPECT. The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Unexpect Announces European Tour Dates

Montreal's UNEXPECT, who just played at the inaugural HEAVY MTL festival held at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal, Quebec, has posted an update on how the show went, European tour dates and work on a new album.

"Thanks to everyone who gave us one of the most adrenaline-giving-overstimulating moment of our life at the Heavy MTL Fest in Montreal last Saturday! The whole day has been a major success and the 22,500 people present should be given an award for surviving such a punishment by Mr. Sun. North America now has its own powerful metal fest that should be an annual event from now on!

"...coming next is our headlining festival in St.Paul on June 28th! Flight of the Valkyries will be a real summer treat.

"We finally have some confirmed dates for our European tour in late 2008 with Sebkha-Chott! Some of those shows include a performance at Germany's Freak Parade with labelmates Sleepytime Gorilla Museum and legendary band Magma...and a prog festival in Algeria with Pain of Salvation. The rest of the schedule is under confirmation process and should be revealed over the next weeks.

"Composition for the new album is going pretty well and should satisfy all of you alien souls and kindred spirits of the unusual...Ok...now let's go for a stamp snack..."

You can view some photos of the band live at Heavy MTL Fest here.

Here are the latest UNEXPECT tour dates: More...

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Sigh's Venom Tribute To Feature Lilker, Embury

SIGH's upcoming six-song tribute to legendaryblack metal band VENOM, titled "Sigh's Tribute to Venom," will featurethe bass work of Dan Lilker (BRUTAL TRUTH, NUCLEAR ASSAULT) and ShaneEmbury (NAPALM DEATH, VENOMOUS CONCEPT)

In an update from the band, singer MIRAI KAWASHIMA says: "We're excited to have these two guest musicians and friends of SIGH to take part in our tribute to VENOM. Their work has helped make the tracks stand out even more. Dan plays bass on "Countess Bathory," while Shane is on "Witching Hour." It sounds awesome!"

Here is "Sigh's Tribute to Venom" tracklisting:

Black Metal
Schizo
Die Hard
Countess Bathory
Teacher's Pet
Witching Hour

The recording line-up is as follows:

Mirai Kawashima: Bass, Organ, Backing Vocals
Satoshi Fujinami: Drums, Guitar
Shinichi Ishikawa: Guitar
Junichi Harashima: Drums
Dr. Mikannibal: Vocals

In other news, the band is preparing for their 8th full-length album that will be entitled "Scenes from Hell / Tempore Belli / Vanitas." Sigh will work with a real string quartet and some brass players on this effort.

The new album is scheduled for release this fall on THE END RECORDS to coincide with SIGH's headlining tour
of North America with ZIMMERS HOLE and UNEXPECT.

Here are the latest Sigh tour dates: More...

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Meldrum Announces New Lineup, Enters The Studio

After teaming up to write, Michelle Meldrum and Gene Hoglan recently announced MELDRUM’s new member lineup before entering the studio to record tracks for their new album in Los Angeles, CA on April 29.

MELDRUM’s new lineup features: Australian metal vocalist Michele Madden (Tourettes), Laura Christine (Warface), Gene Hoglan (Death, Dark Angel, Strapping Young Lad) and Michelle Meldrum.

The new album, in which band members strive to transcend anything previously recorded, will follow up their last CD Blowin’ Up The Machine, which released last year on Frontiers/Locomotive.

According to Michelle Meldrum, “The new songs are slammin’, heavier and more exciting than ever. I am honored to work with Michele Madden, she is an amazing singer with an extremely heavy voice and a huge range. We are venturing into new territory sonically, and can’t wait to perform the new material live. Laura Christine is beyond awesome and definitely brings a heavy edge with her background experience from WARFACE, and…well, Gene is a drum god and his history speaks for itself. It’s a new era for the band and it feels great.”

Gene Hoglan added, “Both Michelle and I are super-excited to be working with the amazingly-talented and ultra-gorgeous Michelle Madden, and we welcome her with open arms into the MELDRUM family. We‘ve been writing a ton of new, ballcrushing, METAL-as-fuck songs in celebration of the leggy one’s arrival on our shores. I’ve had the utmost respect for the past five years, and always considered Madden to be, in every awesome and cool use of the term, a rock star. BIG respect, absolutely, and I can’t believe I actually get to play in a band with one of my all-time favorite vocalists. I’m real psyched, and no one in their right mind is gonna disagree with the fact that this band has just gotten WAAAY mightier with our new addition. Fuckin’ rights.”

MELDRUM plan to unveil sneak peaks from their studio sessions on their website in coming weeks, with news on the new release and tours forthcoming.

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Zimmer's Hole Sign Deal WIth Century Media

Vancouver’s ZIMMERS HOLE have signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records and will be entering the studio today to begin tracking their third full-length release. This band are no strangers to the underground metal community, as the lineup features Byron Stroud (FEAR FACTORY, SYL) on bass and Jed Simon (TENET, SYL) on guitars, along with Chris “The Heathen” Valagao (vocals) and Steve Wheeler (drums).

Byron and Jed further comment: “Now with ZH signing a fresh, new deal with Century Media, we have decided to give this band our full and undivided attention. No more ’side-project’ status here; the men of The Hole are fired up like a city on fire and we entered Vancouver’s famed Armoury Studios today to begin tracking the new release.

“We currently have 19 songs on the table for the new album and some tentative song titles include, ‘The Dark Church of Whatever,’ ‘We Rule The Fucking Land,’ ‘Flight Of The Knight Bat‘ and ‘Hair Doesn’t Grow on Steel.’ As you can see, it’s all about having a good time with The Hole. Make no mistake though, we are very serious about our love of metal; it made us who we are, and we wear our influences on our sleeves proudly.

“We are now more focused than ever before and are so excited about the new album. So excited in fact, that the combined length of our erections may just reach out and touch ya!”

Born in 1991, ZIMMERS HOLE (known by many as just “The Hole”) has been Byron and Jed’s significant other band when not busy with STRAPPING YOUNG LAD or FEAR FACTORY. In the beginning, it was always just a way of spending the weekend drinking far too much and writing absurd songs. As time went on, the group “matured” somewhat, although maturity is highly overrated as far as these guys go, but two albums (Bound By Fire and Legion of Flames), a series of successful tours and a string of absolutely unforgettable shows soon followed, putting the mighty ZH on the lips of many.

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Zimmer's Hole To Play Vancouver Tattoo Expo

Zimmer's Hole, the Vancouver-based project featuring guitarist Jed Simon and bassist Byron Stroud of Strapping Young Lad, will be performing at the The Brickyard in Vancouver on May 28. The show will be part of the three-day annual Vancouver Tattoo Expo, which is scheduled to take place May 27-29 at the Empire Landmark Hotel downtown Vancouver. Tattoo V.I.P.s get into the show for free. The Tattoo Expo web site can be found at www.vantat.com.

Zimmer's Hole released their sophomore album, "Legion of Flames", in 2001.

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